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What’s Happening This Week In the Latino Community

Thanks to the LatinoLoop, we got the latest scoop for this week!

1) The Pope’s visit to the U.S. kicked off with his arrival in Washington D.C. this week with plans to give 18 speeches total during his visit, four of which will be in English (including his address to a joint session of Congress) and the other 14 speeches in his native Spanish. Today the Pope canonized Junipero Serra, marking the first canonization on U.S. soil.

2)  Latin GRAMMY nominations were announced this morning with Leonel Garcia leading the pack with six nominations, followed by Natalia Lafourcade with five nominations. Juan Luis Guerra and Alejandro Sanz; engineers Edgar Barrera, Demián Nava, and Alan Saucedo; and producer Cachorro López each received four nominations. Vicentico, Pablo Alborán, Miguel Bosé and Ricky Martin each earned three nominations. Other nominees include Kinky, Julieta Venegas, Ruben Blades, Pepe Aguilar, Bomba Estereo, Calle 13, Astro, Diamante Electrico, Los Autenticos Decadentes and No Te Va Gustar. The 16th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, set for Thursday, Nov. 19th in Las Vegas and will air live on Univision.

3)  NBCUniversal has named Cesar Conde to the newly created position of Chairman of NBC Universal Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, which includes the Telemundo Network, NBC Universo Cable Network, Telemundo International, Telemundo Local Stations, Telemundo Digital Media and Emerging Business and NBC Deportes.

4)  Verizon Communications announced that it would begin offering roaming wireless services in Cuba next week, becoming the first U.S. cellphone company to do so. Telecommunications equipment, technology and services were among the first exemptions to a U.S. economic embargo of the island after Washington and Havana announced plans to restore diplomatic relations in December.

5)  J Balvin kicked off his U.S. tour with Becky G. this week, sponsored by Toyota and Coors Light. The tour will hit 20 cities across the country.

6)  Alex Lopez Negrete, President, CEO and co-founder of Lopez Negrete Communications, was awarded the Ohtli Award by the government of Mexico at a ceremony during the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce convention in Houston this week for his commitment to lifting the Mexican and Latino community.

7) Univision will launch UniNovelas, a mobile app designed to create an interactive telenovela fan community. The app will offer news feeds, video and photo content users can share, character blogs and fan contests, among other user experiences and kicks off with Antes Muerta que Lichita, which premieres next week.

8)  New data released by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP) shows that Hispanic women are the key decision makers when it comes to home buying, including researching neighborhoods, finance options and the final purchase.

9)  Daddy Yankee and Don Omar’s upcoming tour stop at Puerto Rico’s El Coliseo sold out in less than 24 hours. “The KingDom,” which kicked off last week at Madison Square Garden, will visit over 65 cities throughout Latin America and the United States.

10)  El Rey Network has renewed “Lucha Underground”, which will return for a second season in early 2016.

11)  Sony Music announced that it has signed a multiyear global licensing deal for the catalog of Cuba’s national record company Egrem.

12)  Preliminary research based on the latest available federal government data shows that about 295,000 babies were born to unauthorized-immigrant parents in 2013, counting as 8% of the 3.9 million U.S. births that year, following a downward trend that peaked in 2007 when 370,000 babies were born to unauthorized-immigrants.

13)  Enrique Rodriguez has been named EVP and Chief Technical Officer at AT&T. The former Cisco Systems and Microsoft exec will oversee the U-verse and DirecTV merger which was finalized this past July.

14)  Claudia Sandoval was crowned as the season six winner of Fox’s MasterChef, the reality competition where talented home cooks are given the chance to prove themselves in the culinary world. At the end of its sixth season, MasterChef ranks as the season’s No. 1 cooking show on television.

14)  Chicago-based experiential marketing and entertainment agency Revolucion Marketing has recruited marketing veterans Andrea Botero, Dania Echeverri, and Cebele Marquez, who together bring over 50 years of experience in marketing.

16)  According to Nielsen Twitter TV ratings, the final episode of Sabado Gigante was the most social non-sports series that night with over 75,000 tweets reaching over 1.1 million Twitter users.

17)  Emilio Estefan’s “We’re All Mexican” video/song was released this week and features a collage of images and videos of Latino personalities, including Thalia, Wyclef, Pitbull, Carlos Santana, Carlos Vives as well as Whoopi Goldberg, Eva Longoria, and Kathy Griffin. Watch the video here.

18)  Xfinity TV customers can get two weeks of free access now through October 4th to XFinity on Demand with over 3,500 hours of Latino on-demand entertainment and can also access content on the Xfinity TV Go app and Xfinity.com/Latino.

19)  Santa Cruz Communications, a public relations agency with offices in Miami and Los Angeles, will work with Telemundo as PR agency for the first ever Latin American Music Awards. Telemundo has previously worked with Santa Cruz communications for the Billboard Latin Music Awards and Premios Tu Mundo. The Latin AMA’s will take place on Thursday October 8th.

10)  Atlanta based rapper Raury made his Late Night With Stephen Colbert debut last night wearing a Mexico soccer jersey with the name Trump crossed out on the back. Donald Trump was also a guest on the show that evening, but he left the studio before Raury took the stage. Raury told Vice News “Trump embodies separation, solving problems with anger, fear, and personal differences,” and later tweeted “I got love for my Hispanic community I stand with all people in times of oppression.”


h/t LatinoLoop.com

Children’s Museum of Houston: Wearable Technology and Robotics With a Latin Twist

Outsmart Dr. Boredom in a final showdown to save summer fun during the Summer of Epic Adventure – Forces Unite! The Museum is partnering with the Smithsonian Latino Center’s ¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert to captivate the inquisitive minds of kids and fuel your determination to discover using STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).


Chevron Maker Annex Kid Creations: Meet kid inventors of the future as they showcase their inventions.

¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert:

  • Wearable Technology and Robotics: Latino scientists and innovators will demonstrate tech trends.
  • Create-It: Engage in a maker project of your own at Smithsonian Latino Center’s interactive station.
  • Meet the Science Expert: Hang out with STEM pros representing Latino-specific STEM organizations.
    • Jose “Pepe” Contreras-Vidal: A professor in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Houston. He will examine your brain activity and discuss how he harnesses that activity to develop robotics.
    • Javier Fadul: Has presented at TEDxHouston and SxSW on the possible futures of innovation and the accelerating returns of technologies that change the world. He will discuss the future of wearable technology.


KidMakers Expo

August 7, 2015, from 2 to 6 p.m.

***Activities, events and times subject to change.


Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004


MUSEUM SUMMER HOURS: – Sat.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun: Noon – 6 p.m.

  • General Museum admission: $10 per person and $9 for seniors 65+ and for active duty military personnel. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission.
  • For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org

Scholarship Application Deadline January 2015!


Apply to the RMHC®/HACER® Scholarship


As part of its mission of providing the highest quality educational opportunities to high-need Latino youth, the LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC) is partnering with McDonald’s® to help promote the RMHC®/HACER® Scholarship to qualifying high school seniors across the U.S. 

The RMHC/HACER Scholarship was founded to assist Hispanic high school students pursuing a college education. To date, RMHC has awarded more than $24 million in scholarships to outstanding Hispanic students. 

In 2008, the national scholarship was added, offering four $100,000 awards to Hispanic high school seniors, who are selected based on demonstrated academic achievement, financial need and community involvement. 

The RMHC/HACER Scholarship is awarded on a regional and national level, and awards range from $1,000 to $100,000. Applications for the 2015 RMHC/HACER Scholarship will be accepted from October 1, 2014 through January 20, 2015.


General Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a high school senior
  • Be younger than 21 years old
  • Have at least one parent of Hispanic/Latino heritage
  • Be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college, university or technical school with a full course of study
  • Be a legal U.S. resident
  • Live in a participating RMHC Chapter’s geographic area (for local/regional scholarships)
  • Submit a complete application and all required documentation by January 20, including:
    • Letters of recommendation
    • List of community service projects
    • Academic transcript
    • Personal essay highlighting academic, career, and personal goals

For more details, please visit www.rmhc.org or www.MeEncanta.com.

Library Helps Latinos and Others Digitize History

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[Nicky Trasvina goes through old family photos. Photo by Andra Cernavskis]

On Saturday afternoon, Susan Goldstein, the City of San Francisco’s archivist, could be found in the San Francisco Public Library’s fifth floor DIGI Center, a room for digital archiving, pouring over old, print photos with Alejandra Palos, a woman ready to donate some of her father’s photos.

Manuel Palos,  an architectural sculptor,  worked on projects throughout the city including the restoration of the Legion of Honor’s eight mythological creature sculptures and the ornamentation on the Neiman Marcus building downtown.  Palos,  a Mexican immigrant, came to San Francisco in 1966 to work as a mold maker for the Palace of Fine Arts. Despite his lack of professional experience,  the lead sculptor recognized his talent and took him under his wing. Palos continued to worker as a mold maker while sculpting on the side. He eventually made enough money to take a three-week trip to Italy every year for 20 years to study sculpting and in 1984, he opened his own sculpting business, Manuel Palos Sculpture.

Now that her father is 78, Palos wants to document his life, which is why she seized on the opportunity to bring the collection of photos and documents to the DIGI Center, which ran a free-of-charge, drop-in event as part the San Francisco Latino Heritage Fair.

It was the first time the DIGI Center, which officially opened at the main branch in January, has hosted an event like this for the public at their new central location. The goal on Saturday was to help Latinos publicly document and digitize their family’s history in San Francisco.

“We are trying to do a lot more outreach about digitizing and making it a core library service,” Goldstein said as she held a black and white image of Palos with a classical human sculpture.

Those who work at the DIGI Center decided to open their services to the public during the afternoon portion of the fair, which also featured seminars on how to preserve old photographs and how to organize digital documents and photos.

Palos, who grew up in Bernal Heights, heard about the fair through the San Francisco Latino Historical Society, one of the groups that organized the day’s events. She became emotional while explaining the content of the photographs to Goldstein.

“I almost want to cry…I thought I just really needed to jump on this,” she said to Goldstein.

More at MissionLocal.org

Houston Latino Elected Officials & Community Leaders to Formally Endorse Davis, Van de Putte

Houston Latino elected officials and community leaders held a press conference at to formally endorse Senators Wendy Davis and Leticia Van dePutte and highlight the contrasts in this race. Houston Latino leaders will work to make sure that their communities know the clear difference between Davis and Van de Putte’s commitment to all Texas families by investing more in our schools to ensure that children are better prepared for the future, and Abbott and Patrick who will allow standardized tests on four year-olds and jeopardize the Texas Dream Act.

Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz hits Houston to Kick Off the Border Convo Tour

This week, Alcaraz will be in Houston, speaking on college campuses and also to the general public. At 6 p.m.Tuesday, he’ll appear on KPFT‘s radio show “Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Our Say.” (You can subscribe to its podcast here.) Then at 7:30, he’ll meet and greet the public at a $25-a-head fundraiser for Nuestra Palabra.


When bridge-blogging is the height of discussion about the border, but only because of its elevation over a highway-then discourse has hit a new low.

That’s the position America is in right now.

Most folks prefer to yell at the border than have a deep discussion about it.

Celebrities voice their xenophobia about Ebola and the border and that gets more attention than science or statistics. Politicians tell Americans that ninja warriors will sneak across the border, or that Isis might sneak through one side or Shazam through the other.

We’re seeing White Flight from intelligent conversation.

That means now we can move in, so we will.

We’re kicking off the Border Convo Tour by bringing BORDERTOWN to the border state. Translation: cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is coming to Texas!

Alcaraz descends on Houston September 9th before heading to San Antonio and other stops in the Lone Star state. His insights are timely and once his new cartoon series BORDERTOWN is released on Fox TV, he’ll be broadening the American Imagination across many topics, as he was born to do.

“I grew up very poor on the U.S.-Mexico Border, on both sides,” he said during aTEDx SoCal talk. “I watched my Mexican immigrant parents struggle on this side of the fence, mainly.”

But Lalo just plain wants to visit us, too. At least that’s what he told us, “I want to tour Texas because I feel I have underserved the Raza de Houston since they yanked my comic there, but I’M NOT BITTER. Also, I hear Rick Perry is a huge fan of my comics, pero pobrecito can only look at the pictures. Tejaztlan is great and the Raza is boisterous and love to argue about barbecue, but I still love it there.” He also just created a cover for HUIZACHE, the magazine of Latino literature, published in Texas, edited by writer Dagoberto Gilb-a Texan who is banned in Arizona. Guilt by Tejano association.

For the Border Convo Tour, Texas colleges, community groups, nonprofits, and businesses will team up to host some of the leading thinkers of our time to discuss the nuances of the border issue, the complexities, and solutions.

Of course, this issue is nothing new. You only have to look at the names of streets in any major city like Houston to see that we have had wave, after wave, after wave of immigration, and Texas has benefited from it.

In fact, in order for the economic and intellectual prosperity of Texas to continue, we must not get swept up by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer-style anti-immigrant hysteria.

We know Texas can make immigration work.


More at HuffingtonPost.com

City of San Antonio to Host 3rd VotoLatino Power Summit

Photo Cred:  VotoLatino
Photo Cred: VotoLatino

The countdown is ON for Voto Latino to arrive in San Antonio for our THIRD Power Summit conference of 2014!

Power Summit brings together young Latinos and community leaders from across the country to network and learn from the very best in advocacy, leadership, and media & technology.

Register today, and get ready for amazing speakers (like our Artist Coalition Co-Chair Wilmer Valderrama and Congressman Joaquin Castro), powerful panels, and even raffles and prizes. Registration is just $25.

AND to top things off, if you’re one of the first three people to register for Power Summit after receiving this email, you’ll receive a FREE Voto Latino 10-year anniversary t-shirt when you arrive at Power Summit!

Montejo Brings its Authentic Mexican Flavor to the United States


Beer drinkers in the southwestern United States can quench their thirst for a unique, refreshing and authentic Mexican lager when Montejo arrives at bars, restaurants and at grocery and convenience stores in September. Anheuser-Busch will import Montejo – a golden lager beer with more than 100 years of Mexican brewing tradition. The launch of Montejo marks the first import from Mexico to the United States by Anheuser-Busch.

According to Ryan Garcia, Anheuser-Busch vice president of regional marketing, “Mexican beers account for nearly 60 percent of imports, and we are responding to consumer demand for an authentic and distinctly Mexican lager.”Anheuser-Busch will put muscle behind Montejo’s launch in California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas with an integrated advertising and marketing campaign that includes Hispanic targeted radio, digital, print, experiential and outdoor advertising.

More at anheuser-busch.com

Beat the Heat with Pollo Campero (Free Drinks!)

pollo campero

On Monday July, 28th, your local Pollo Campero will be helping guests to stay refreshed in the summer heat. We are introducing all-natural Latin drinks to the menu. To celebrate the launch, we are offering free, 100-percent natural, Latin drinks to guests from 11 AM to 9 PM.
Guests can beat the summer heat with all-natural versions of the restaurant’s popular Latin drinks. While flavors vary by location, most restaurants feature Horchata, Jamaica and Tamarindo —YUMMY!

Houston Texans and ESPN Deportes 1180 AM Announce Spanish Radio Partnership

HOUSTON – ESPN Deportes 1180 AM will be the new Spanish radio home for the Houston Texans during the 2014 season. Enrique Vasquez, who has been a part of Texans Spanish broadcast every season since the franchise began play in 2002, will call the play-by-play action and will be joined by color analyst GustavoRangel, who makes his return to Texans’ broadcasts after serving as the Spanish-language sideline reporter for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. Daniela Rodriguez completes the new broadcast team as the sideline reporter.

In addition to game broadcasts, ESPN Deportes 1180 AM will also air 30-minute pre-game and post-game shows and a one-hour weekly Texans show, beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Texans coverage will begin on the station with a one-hour training camp special on August 13.

 “ESPN Deportes 1180 AM is proud to partner with the Houston Texans and provide our listeners and fans with the best coverage possible of the city’s most popular team,” said Joseph Casas, Vice President and General Manager of ESPN Deportes 1180 AM. “This is a great opportunity for ESPN Deportes 1180 AM and for the Texans. We’re excited and looking forward to a great season on the air and on the field.”

 “We are excited to have ESPN Deportes 1180 AM as our radio partner for this season,” Houston Texans Senior Director of Broadcasting Marc Vandermeer said. “The knowledge, insight and commentary Enrique and Gustavo bring to the broadcast will really benefit and entertain listeners. Texans fans know that they’re going to hear a quality broadcast with great production from Texans Radio on ESPN Deportes 1180 AM when they tune in.”

Read more at HoustonTexans.com